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June 29, 2018

I’ve waxed lyrical once before.

About this nifty little tool that every serious, and not so serious, gardener, should own.

Seven inches long, serrated on one side, sharpish on the other, marked in inches and centimeters with a sort of rounded pointy tip and semi-concave...

June 27, 2018

I was in the throes of that final packing spree for a month abroad.

We all know books weigh a ton. Even paperbacks.

Decisions had to be made.

I narrowed it down to one devotional and one Bible.

Still heavy stuff.

“Why not buy a Bible for Kindle?” said the Captain.

Why not in...

June 25, 2018

It was the day before we were due to leave for a month abroad.

I lay in bed.

Wide awake.

Too early to get up

And agonized.

  • Did I pack enough? (Ehhh….)

  • Did I pack too much?  (Probably.)

  • Did I pack the right stuff?  (No.)

  • Did I pack the wrong stuff? (Yes.)


June 22, 2018

I love to bake.

Note well, I said bake.

I do not like to cook. That’s the Captain’s job.

But baking?

Ahh – the fun in getting out the ingredients. Lining them up. Following the recipe. Creating that gorgeous cake, or trays of cookies or my favorites, wait for it,

Gooey, ric...

June 20, 2018

I used to be good at that. Experimenting, that is.

Cooking – my share of experiments included exploding cans of condensed milk.

Knitting – ah, the joy of missing a crucial instruction and starting over again.

Clothes – buying a size too small because I’ determined to be a...

June 18, 2018

The Captain is not a patient man. (Under-statement of the year.)

He is –

  • Kind.

  • Generous.

  • Loving.

  • Protective.

He is not -

  • Patient.

I’ve learnt to anticipate his moves.

He says he wants to be in the car and driving at 6.00 a.m?

I’ll be ready at 5.45...

June 15, 2018

Many years ago, I briefly dated a wonderful young man.

  • He was gentle.

  • Soft-spoken.

  • A playwright and a poet.

I guess opposites do attract. In hindsight I can’t think whatever he saw in me. I was fire and flame to his oil and water.

But date we did.

It did n...

June 13, 2018

I’ve never really studied the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament.

A reference in a devotional got me going.

I can’t even see that he was a prophet. Rather, he was an ordinary man asking hard questions of God.

And that’s what caught my interest. His questions were no di...

June 11, 2018

I was sorting through my clothes the other day.

Determined to minimize the volume.

It’s tough.

The rule of thumb is – if you haven’t worn it for a season, out it goes.


  • There’s the fifteen-year old red blazer I only wear at Christmas time.

  • The black wool jacke...

June 8, 2018

My buddy, Jonas Ellison writes a daily blog.

The other morning the title was “That thing you don’t want to say.”

He continued.

“That thing you don’t want to say is almost always what you should say.”

My brain box kicked into overdrive.

That exercise you loathe doing is –

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